Musketeers Return to Action and Knock Off Butler
Andy Mac Williams,
Muskies returned to action with an offensive Bang after 17 days blasting Butler in Indy, 87-72. X was massively efficient scoring an awesome 1.4 points per possession-turning the ball over just 6 times. BU came in allowing just 61PPG+20th NCAA. XU shredded them from 3 (10-22) and did huge work at FT line(23-27) 85% +12 points over BU. Indy native Paul Scruggs was excellent as we predicted (16 points-7 rebs-6 assists). Adam Kunkel played out of his mind (25 points in 26 minutes off the bench). X outscored Butler 35-10 off the bench between Kunkel, Nunge and Odom.
Butler is no soft touch at Hinkle Fieldhouse (56-15 at home in 5 seasons under Coach Lavell Jordan). Xavier led basically wire to wire.
X is now 12-2 overall and 2-1 BIG EAST - a half game back of 3-1 Villanova and PC. Villanova is at Cintas Wednesday.
Jerome Hunter scored 12 on 4-6FGs after working on shot selection hard during the long pause. XU PGs Scruggs and Odom combined for 9 assists and just 2 turnovers. Zach Fremantle moved well as. X thrived on pick and roll baskets.
Road wins are gold in the beastly BE and a W at Butler qualifies.